Stigma Stigma

Institutional and personal stigma can interfere with getting needed help by creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Learn how to stop focusing on worse case scenarios when it comes to help-seeking. Watch videos of those who have overcome their fear of negative consequences for using health resources they needed to cope with PTSD, depression and other challenges. 


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Stigma often prevents service members from seeking needed care and from sharing their experiences with others. Research suggests that six out of ten service members believed that their leaders would treat them differently and that fellow troops would lose confidence in them if they were to seek care. As many as sixty-five percent said that they would ''be seen as weak.''

The Stigma Assessment, and each of the related assessments below, takes about five minutes to complete; recommendations follow based on your results.

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